Wednesday, October 19, 2011

History Museum

            Last Thursday, I visited the Miami History Museum in downtown Miami. At beginning the guide started to talk about Paleo-Indians in Florida, how they lived on the Everglades and their customs. Also, she explained what fossils are, she said fossils are remains of bones from animals or people who died in some period. 
            Then, we moved to Florida’s Indians exhibition. They established in the South of Florida, specifically at the everglades zone, their customs and how they lived. During this period (1500s) the Spanish arrived to their land and occupied it. Then the French tried to establish in Florida but they couldn’t, they only stayed few years. With Spanish and French came slaves from Africa and were used to do hard work. Later, the Spanish returned and built a fort or castle in St. Augustine. This castle was built using Coquina, kind of rock very resistant to the attack from foreign pirates.     
            The Spanish started to trade with other countries and exchange sponge and other goods from South Florida and rum from the Caribbean. At the middle from 1800s this land began to be populated by people from the North of United States who were running away from many things, such as; the war, the weather, etc...
            Mr. Flagler, a wealthy man from New York City, started to build the rail system around the east coast from United Stated (New York City to the north of Florida) and all trades were improved. But during this time a hard frost destroyed all orange planting in Florida, it was a million dollar loss. But in this moment, another wealthy woman established in Florida called Mrs. Tuttle, offered him land at the south of Florida in exchange of extended the rail system. That´s how Florida started to grow up and today is a big state.
            After the History of Florida, we moved to a little exhibition of the aviation system in the Florida. One of the most important airlines in the last century in United States, it explained their operation and how they had made history during this operation.

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